100 Years of Housing: from Het Schip to Houthaven

The Spaarn­dammer­bu­urt dis­trict is char­ac­terised by expres­sion­ist build­ings of the Ams­ter­dam School. While else­where the wealthy were build­ing their vil­las, in Ams­ter­dam a group of vision­ary archi­tects, employed by for­ward-think­ing hous­ing asso­ci­a­tions, were cre­at­ing ‘palaces for the peo­ple’. One hun­dred years lat­er, they serve as inspi­ra­tion for new build­ings and areas in the neigh­bour­ing Houthaven. In the 1920s, work­ers’ hous­ing was one of the main chal­lenges in Ams­ter­dam. Ambi­tious young archi­tects built “palaces for the work­ing class­es” in Spaarn­dammer­bu­urt, includ­ing the icon­ic Het Schip com­plex. Recent­ly, a new hous­ing block has been insert­ed into this area which aims to trans­port the ideals of the 1920s into the 2020s. A few hun­dred metres north lies the for­mer wood­ship­ping har­bour, one of the main new hous­ing dis­tricts in Ams­ter­dam. Sev­en man-made, car-free penin­su­las form a ridge struc­ture, lined with a total of 2700 flats, includ­ing 20% social rental housing.

Which are the hous­ing issues that Ams­ter­dam faces today? Which inno­v­a­tive solu­tions and best prac­tice exam­ples are there? How do you not only cre­ate dwellings, but neigh­bour­hoods?  These are some of the ques­tions that are addressed dur­ing this tour.

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Tour Programme: 100 Years of Housing

  • Res­i­den­tial block and muse­um Het Schip (Michiel de Klerk, 1917–1921)

  • Res­i­den­tial block Spaarn­dammer­plantsoen, (Michiel de Klerk, 1913–1918)

  • Hous­ing block Spaarn­dammer­hart (Korth Thie­lens Archi­tecten, 2021)

  • 100% cli­mate neu­tral joint build­ing ven­tures by a.o. Mar­cel Lok, Ate­lier Puu­ur, Marc Koehler, Van Don­gen Koschuch (2015–2016)
  • Res­i­den­tial high­rise Pontsteiger (Arons & Gelauff, 2018)

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